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Nachituti's Gift: Economy, Society, and Environment in by David M. Gordon

By David M. Gordon

Nachituti’s reward demanding situations traditional theories of financial improvement with a compelling comparative case examine of inland fisheries in Zambia and Congo from pre- to postcolonial occasions. Neoclassical improvement versions conjure an easy, summary development from wealth held in humans to funds or commodities; as an alternative, Gordon argues, basic social networks and oral charters like “Nachituti’s present” remained decisive lengthy after the increase of extensive exchange and industry actions. Interweaving oral traditions, songs, and interviews in addition to huge archival learn, Gordon’s vigorous story is instantaneously a sophisticated research of financial and social variations, an insightful workout in environmental background, and a revealing learn of comparative politics.   Honorable point out, Melville J. Herskovits Award, African stories organization   “A strong portrayal of the complexity, fluidity, and subtlety of Lake Mweru fishers’ creation innovations . . . . Natchituti’s reward provides nuance and facts to a couple of an important and complex conversations occurring in African experiences today.”—Kirk Arden Hoppe, overseas magazine of African old stories “A energetic and clever publication, which bargains a fantastic contribution to ongoing debates concerning the interaction of the politics of setting, heritage and economy.”—Joost Fontein, Africa “Well researched and referenced . . . . [Natchituti’s reward] might be of curiosity to these in a wide selection of disciplines together with anthropology, African stories, historical past, geography, and environmental studies.”—Heidi G. Frontani, H-SAfrica

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I promise,” Nachituti replied. ” Nachituti did not know how to verify this old man’s words since her brother Nkuba was always in his palace, sitting on his mat. Then one day there was a party in the palace with much drinking. While her brother was drunk, Nachituti looked under the mat and there she found the skin of her son. Upon finding the skin, she decided to go to Mwata Kazembe, who she knew to be a fierce warrior. At that time there was little water, so Nachituti could walk from Chisenga to Kasankila.

52 It seems likely that the role of the owners increased through the nineteenth century as the influence of eastern Lunda conquerors and aristocrats declined, at least in matters concerning land and resource management. As the authority of the kingship was challenged, the Kazembes relied on local rulers rather than aristocratic appointments. This gave decentralized rulers significant agency vis-à-vis the central kingdom. In the nineteenth century, the owners of the land and lagoons asserted their relationship to the land, to their clan identities, and to a set of ostensibly pre-Lunda political institutions and oral traditions.

Oral traditions are palimpsests that incorporated the views of past generations and superimposed them in new versions. 28 In the early nineteenth century the Kazembe Kingdom was at its most powerful. The testimony of several Portuguese travelers and traders describe the kingdom, with its western and eastern peripheries stretching for at least one hundred miles in either direction, as the most significant and centralized state in the eastern portion of south central Africa. 29 Political control in the peripheries was facilitated by the distribution of Lunda insignia, lineage power brokering, and the collection of tribute.

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